After a brief take on the tragedy this weekend in Orlando, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, Monday’s MMQB column started its NFL coverage with Topic 1: “The Continued Development of Jameis Winston.”
Jameis Winston (3) and Mike Glennon (8) going thru drills at the Buccaneers Training Camp
The article, guest written by Robert Klemko with Peter King on vacation, included an interview from last Wednesday with Dirk Koetter, where the Bucs coach spoke of his second-year quarterback’s maturation and increased ownership of the offense.
While Koetter insisted that the system last season wasn’t as simplified as many thought – Winston had the option to check to run or pass based on the defensive alignment – Koetter revealed that he did call more max protection schemes so Winston could focus on other things. It was a better-safe-than-sorry-type approach to try to limit the amount of hits on the rookie QB, even if the defense may not have been sending extra men on certain plays.
Now, as Koetter explained to Klemko, Winston will have more on his plate. This includes three-play packages as opposed to two, or blitz protections that Winston will call at the line if he recognizes a rush situation pre-snap.
Koetter, who is also planning for more no-huddle in 2016, has complete confidence in the 22-year old signal caller to take command of the offense this season.
“Jameis is a good communicator at the line, good at the no-huddle, studies like a wild man, and that’s what we love about him,” Koetter told Klemko. “I trust my judgment, and I trust the judgment of our coaches. We’re around Jameis every day, and we know what he’s capable of.”
The interview also touches on Koetter’s learning experience with Blaine Gabbert, a young quarterback who may have been thrown into the starting role in Jacksonville too early, as well as his expectations for Austin Seferian-Jenkins. (The interview took place a day before the Thursday incident.)
To read the rest of Klemko’s guest column – one in which Topic 2, “Rookies With Big Loads To Shoulder,” lists Vernon Hargreaves III third on the list of first-year players with an opportunity to contribute – click here.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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